13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic loud and in your face. I love it
The only reason that I purchased this CD is that I love "Kasmir" by Led Zeppelin, "November rain" by Gun's and Roses, "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney and also the few classical symphonies by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach and Grieg. As these tracks and composers were on the CD I thought I'd take a chance and give it a try. I'm glad I did, I love it all especially Vivaldi...
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by FastHand
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
Not as good as I thought it would be after watching David Garrett on TV I wanted to buy album,unfortunately not as good as thought it would be.
Published 6 months ago by AngelaDan
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic loud and in your face. I love it,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)The only reason that I purchased this CD is that I love "Kasmir" by Led Zeppelin, "November rain" by Gun's and Roses, "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney and also the few classical symphonies by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach and Grieg. As these tracks and composers were on the CD I thought I'd take a chance and give it a try. I'm glad I did, I love it all especially Vivaldi vs vertigo. Imagine Vivaldi being played alongside U2's Vertigo it surely could'nt work but believe me it does. David Garrett has captured mixing classical with rock and vice versa. His violin playing is outstanding even if it is sometimes drowned out by the cacophony of sound. He surely could'nt play any faster on "Asturias" by Albenizi, it is breathtaking. I've always thought that the music of the great composers is their version of rock music and if they had electronics it would probably sound something like David's "Rock Symphonies". If you like rock and classical music then I'm sure you will like this, I Did.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word- amazing,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)The rock / classical combination. It's been with us for a long time, with highlights including Metallica's incredible symphonic album S&M. On 'Rock Symphonies', though, this marriage really finds its potential. David Garrett may look like a Cobain-esque rocker who picked up the violin after touring in a grunge band, but he is as technically gifted as any of the great and celebrated names in classical music. He has gained a reputation for flawless and dynamic live shows, and that's where this album really succeds - the violin is the star of the show, no doubt, but without sacrificing any of the power that made several of the album's 'rock' covers - Smells Like Teen Spirit, Walk this Way - stand out and earn their status as classic tracks. These tracks hook you and lead you in, but it is on the rocked-up versions of Beethoven's 5th and tracks such as 'Asturias' that the sound is at its best. If you can't bear the thought of a note-perfect, sweet violin tone being beaten marred by guitars and a massive drum sound, then maybe stick to David's core classical repertoire. Otherwise, if even purists can open their minds a little and let a sense of fun creep in, 'Rock Symphonies' is pure genius. Long may Mr. Garrett reign!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)Rock Symphonies thrill with wildly diversified violin sounds, fanciful violin techniques and great music! The track list is organized by contrasting mood/tempo to sustain a heightened sense of anticipation. In front of a full orchestra (joined by electric guitars and Rock band as applicable):
The violin plays "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with edgy, raw energy.
"November Rain" is surprisingly romantic. Wide vibrato and expressive portamento slides suggest two lovers at a crossroad being philosophical, contemplating whether to go their separate ways into the misty rain, and see if they will meet again at the end of the world.
"The 5th" unleashes the Rock and Roll Spirit of Beethoven. The track opens with highly stylized thumping drum beats. While the first 4-note motif (minor key) and the 2nd more lyrical motif (major key) are repeated, alternately with growing intensity in the rhythm of the opening motif propelled by unstoppable momentum forward, the violin spins and rings out ever more variations like a liberated music genie.
Garrett's take on "Walk This Way" is now famous for the duet between wild, dashing violin tune and unrestrained electric guitar Rock.
"Live And Let Die" is as exciting as a superspy thriller, blending cinematic Rock and teasing string melody at a brisk pace, subject to unpredictable change of mood and direction. There are right-hand pizzicato notes and the sparsely accompanied solo violin short, at blinding speed, is ideal for wild chase and narrow escape scenes. The violin changes persona on a beat, be it sultry, flirty, menacing. The track ends with a lethal 007 climax.
"Vivaldi vs. Vertigo." Abrasive sound (aggressive, sul ponticello bowing) from the opening of Vivaldi's "Winter" seamlessly melds with Vertigo's pounding sonic boom, amid which the string harmonies are beautiful and perfectly in sync with the Rock punch; the rapid descending and ascending pitches are exquisite and exciting; the descending string passage and the closing minor chord are breathtakingly poetic.
"Master of Puppets" bursts with orchestral energy and has mercurial mood shifts.
"80' Anthem" is lyrical and easy listening.
"Toccata." The opening bars of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor are famously associated with vampire films (the Dracula theme). That is set to change. The romanticised Baroque-Rock arrangement of "Toccata" on this CD glows with warmth while being bold, expressive, intense with an improvisatory flair, comprising rhythmic repeated notes in wide pitch range in elaborate repetition patterns with contrapuntal clarity. The sweeping violin register leaps are exhilarating and the symphonic ending sounds sunny and passionate.
"Asturias" features fiery Spanish rhythms in a labyrinth of relentless passion.
"Rock Symphony" is gorgeous, and the violin is happily obliged to sing.
Orchestrated "Kashmir" sounds Middle East meets West in all shades of intonation through perpetual cycles of rising and falling riffs. The classical violin playing is intense and masculine in terms of dynamics; double stops add poetry and exotic colours.
"Peer Gynt" is short and fun. The energetic, dotted notes (right hand pizzcato) pan out and escalate into spiraling vortices to climax with a fanfare.
"Mission Impossible" is accomplished by supercharged high-precision violin virtuosity.
"Rocking All Over The World" has the easygoing charm of Texan drawl.
Artistically daring Garrett always surprises and delights! As a classical/cross-genre musical bridge builder, Garrett performs with infectious enthusiasm palpable even on the DVD, which contains additional tracks(!) not on the audio CD.
P.S. Check out the original version of the classics/Rock/film scores for extended listening to enjoy Rock Symphonies all the more!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Garrett Rock Symphonies,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)Very exciting music. I saw David Garrett interviewed on BBC Breakfast, saw him play Bolero on Dancing on Ice, and thought I must get this. Thanks to Amazon I bought the two-CD album and am totally thrilled by it. I'm a bit of a square, having been brought up on classical music, but this, as I said earlier, is exciting and very listenable.
1.0 out of 5 stars utter tosh,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)Yes, he can play the violin but this album is truly dreadful and lacking any spark or creativity. It just doesn't work as a concept.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock symphonies,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)This is an fabulous album for David Garrett fans, I totaly loved it, he brings the violin to life with his personality, he's an inspiration & warms the heart with his amazing tallent !!!
5.0 out of 5 stars David Garrett Rock Symphonies CD,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)Excellent reproduction quality. Good choice of tunes which would appeal to all ages. Well worth obtaining a copy to add to CD collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Symphonies by David Garrett,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)Highly recommend this CD. Excellent music and wonderful playing by David Garrett. I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys excellent music both classical and rock. David Garrett is a wonderful artist and must be one of the best in the world, if not the best. He is so talented.
5.0 out of 5 stars great music,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)At only £3.99 I would have been pleased with the audio CD, however upon receipt I found a DVD included in the package. It was of the outdoor concert and absolutely great. So good in fact that I re-ordered as a gift for a friend.
4.0 out of 5 stars Different,
This review is from: Rock Symphonies (Audio CD)Never heard of him until I was told about a brilliant violinist on a TV show. Decided to order having not heard and I was not disappointed. Brilliant to hear a different take on a violin other than the usual classical sound. Would love to see him live. When is he appearing in the UK?
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